The Duty of Care is the law which says you must take all reasonable steps to keep and dispose of rubbish safely. If you break this law, you can be fined or even prosecuted.

Using someone to get rid of your rubbish

You have a legal 'duty of care' to make sure what anyone you ask to take away your rubbish, is registered and authorised to do so.

You can make checks to show you've met your 'duty of care'. Keep records of these checks so you can use them as evidence in case a contractor breaks the law.

How to chose a contractor 

When deciding which contractor to use, you must ensure: 

Things to avoid 

Do not use unlicensed waste collection services. Be especially careful of those that advertise on social media for cheap prices. Some may be legitimate businesses, but others are not.

Never advertise on social media for a waste carrier. Many responses will be from illegitimate carriers and result in your rubbish being fly-tipped. Always research the company or individual you use and do not rely on positive feedback, as this may be false.

If you use an unlicensed waste removal service you commit a criminal offence and you could face a £400 fine or be prosecuted at Criminal Court, where you could receive an unlimited fine and a criminal record. 

If you have rubbish taken from your home, which is found fly-tipped and is traced back to you, you could be taken to court. You could be fined and you may get a criminal record.

Remember, your waste is still your responsibility, even when you’ve given it to someone else.

Environmental Enforcement Team

If you are in doubt, contact the Environmental Enforcement Team. Our team of officers will be happy to advise you.

Telephone: 01474 337978